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All Saints Church, Witley, Surrey

May: what do brooms, blankets and weddings have in common?

Apparently, according to old superstitions, you shouldn't buy a new broom, wash blankets or get married in the month of May! Although hazy on whether I've actually ever done either of the first two, I am happy to say I have never heard of a wedding I've officiated at in May giving any cause for concern. I'd love to know if anyone can inform us where this sage 'advice' comes from. Please do send in a letter to the next Magazine or tell me directly, so that I can report back.

Moving forward, I hope everyone has enjoyed a nice Easter holiday. The weather really was magnificent. Thank you to those who helped make all our services over Holy Week and Easter so special. To all who came to one of them, maybe for the first time or after a long while, it was lovely to see you and to have our beautiful church so full and happy on Easter morning. For those of you who were not able to join us, though perhaps hearing the joyful ringing of the bells, as a flavour of what you can expect next year the Easter garden and seasonal flowers - especially the lilies - were both splendid and the choir on fine form. The refreshments also had a certain fizz to them. All the more satisfying for those who had been faithful to the sacrifices and challenges they had set themselves during Lent.

Amazingly, on the 17th of this month, I'll have completed my first year as Vicar. How time flies. It doesn't feel that long. However, traditional wisdom says a priest is not truly settled and at home until they have 'done' their first Christmas and Easter in a parish; and whilst sitting at my desk reflecting on things, looking out over the lovely Vicarage garden basking in the sunshine, I do feel a sense of great pleasure and deeply blessed in being called to live in this village and serve the church and people of Witley.

On a final note, I remember last year I was robbed by the thunder and rain in June from sharing some lovely words of Summer from John Clare. So, before it pours again, I'm going to get them in quick:

"I love to see the summer beaming forth
And white wool rock clouds sailing to the north
I love to see the wild flowers come again
And Mare blobs stain with gold the meadow drain."

Now then, where's that old broom I need.
James McKeran

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All Saints Church has a huge wooden door, which, while being very old and attractive in its own way can be a physical barrier to those who have never entered All Saints before - don't let it be like that. Turn the handle, push the door and come in, all are welcome. Inside you will find a building that is filled with the prayers of 1000 years, a wall painting that is 900 years old, a 700-year-old Lady Chapel with medieval stained glass, signs of the conflict in the 16th and 17th century with an unfinished memorial tablet in the sanctuary and several other family memorials. The 18th century put in a gallery which was removed by the Victorians who added so much more, including a whole aisle on the North Side. The Victorians with three generations of Chandler Vicars built the organ, the bell tower and the vestry. They refurbished the chancel ceiling, floor and altar and put up memorials to the eminent people of the day as they passed on. The beginning of the 20th century completed the collection of stained glass windows and introduced the pews we have now, instead of the previous box pews. All Saints is full of history reflecting the needs of the generations who have worshipped here before us. There have been many changes in the past few years which help us now to use the church on a daily basis for many different groups. There is a children's trail available with many interesting things to find out and see.

Please do come inside and explore and have time for yourself, the church is open in daylight hours. Or come and meet with others to worship or chat everyone is welcome.

If anyone would like to speak to Ann, please ring or email and we will endeavour to meet you as soon as we can.

The All Saints Parish Office, is in the grounds of Witley Infant School, opposite the Church.

Wishing you every blessing

James McKeran         Ann Fraser
                       James McKeran                                     Ann Fraser

The parish of Witley is made up of the villages of Witley, Brook, Wormley and Sandhills. The Parish Church of All Saints dates from about 1040 and is situated just off the main Petworth Road (A283) in Church Lane, opposite the White Hart public house. Witley CofE Infant School is opposite the church and has close links with it.

Apart from a regular pattern of worship on Sundays and Holy Days, the church serves the whole parish and after recent refurbishment is available every day for a variety of uses. The door is open in daylight hours for anyone who may wish to spend a quiet few moments or longer in the peace and quiet of this ancient building.

The mission of the church in Witley is to bring the love of God to all who live and work there. The church is open to all people, and here to serve the entire parish. Everyone is welcome at all services and other events and anyone is welcome to use the space in church for their own charitable or social events where appropriate. Click here for more information on using the church for your event.

If you are new to the area you are very welcome! There are a wide range of activities going on around the church that may interest you.

A team of Pastoral Assistants visit the housebound, take Communion to those who can't get to church for whatever reason, and generally help the clergy keep an eye on pastoral needs.

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